Illusion of Comfort

Evoking questions through art The predictable, familiar, and ordinary all describe what most consider elements of comfort. The systems and structures that we know, like, and trust, including emotions and thoughts, all fall into a little space often referred to as a comfort zone. Although this space tends to feel safe and secure, the very […]

Making a Barn Wood Art Block

I wanted to share how one of my favorite products from the studio are made – our Barn Wood Art Blocks! I love that my hubby and I are both part of the creation 🙂 Jason uses leftover slabs of barn board from his frames and attaches them to the sides of a solid block of […]

“20/20” – As an Owl Sees

I titled this beautiful Barn Owl, my latest painting, “20/20” – As an Owl Sees, not only for the obvious reason that birds of prey have excellent vision, but also because of what I’m personally coming to realize. At the time I write this post, we humans, as a collective whole, have never in recent […]

Cultivate Calm – Coloring Sheets

For moments when you crave tranquility, turn to creativity… Download and print out a coloring sheet —  Plums, succulents, lilies, Steller’s Jay bird or a selection of hummingbirds (all from my paintings!) Develop greater mindfulness, relax into reflection, and cultivate calm! (Alternative idea: print image onto watercolor paper and take out some brushes!) Share your […]

Appreciating the Process

If I were asked what my biggest lesson from being an artist has been so far, I would undoubtedly say, “Recognizing that everything, without exception, has a process.” I’ve come to realize that everything has its own process, which inherently depends on the fulfillment of unique actionable steps to produce a specific outcome. Whether it’s doing a load […]

The Evolution of a Painting: “Rouge the Fox”

Right from the beginning of my painting journey, I have taken progress photos of the various stages of every piece of artwork to capture the process and evolution of my subject along its way to completion. I like to think of this mini photo documentation diary as ‘The Evolution of a Painting’. It’s not only fun to […]